Donald E. Hull

Puerto Rico

Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLC
Popular Center 19th Floor
208 Ponce de León Ave.
San Juan, PR 00918

Tel: (787) 274-4923
Fax: (787) 274-1470


As a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate group, Mr. Hull’s practice covers a broad range of matters in the area of corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis in real estate development and bank financing.

In connection with his real estate practice, Mr. Hull’s focus is on retail, hotel and office development. His clients include developers, purchasers, sellers, landlords and tenants, including several leading national retailers that have established operations in Puerto Rico.

In connection with his financing practice, he has acted as lead counsel in some of the largest and most complex syndicated bank financings in Puerto Rico. He has represented both lenders and borrowers in loan transactions involving leveraged buyouts, project finance, real estate acquisitions, construction finance, and workouts and restructurings.

Donald also works extensively with many of the leading international law firms as special local counsel on transactions originated outside of Puerto Rico.

Mr. Hull holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is ranked in Band 1 in the practice of real estate by Chambers and Partners (Latin America). He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and was designated as Puerto Rico Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by that publication in 2017. Mr. Hull is a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

  • Represented the borrower in the $172,000,000 financing for the acquisition of two luxury hotels in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented the foreclosing lender in the sale and disposition of commercial and residential development projects.
  • Represented the lender in the $115,000,000 refinancing of an existing resort hotel and casino.
  • Represented the borrower in the $70,000,000 acquisition financing for the purchase of two office buildings in the financial district of San Juan.
  • Represented the bank syndicate in the $250,000,000 loan to refinance the largest shopping mall in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
  • Represented the seller in the sale of five shopping centers located thoughout the Island.
  • Represented the bank syndicate in the $50,000,000 financing for the purchase of hospitality assets in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented the developer in the acquisition, development, financing and leasing of various shopping centers in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented various well-known national retailers in the acquisition and ground leasing of new store sites in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented the purchaser in the acquisition and financing of six shopping centers in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented the developer in several build-to-suit projects for a leading national retailer.
  • Represented the bank syndicate in the $95,000,000 financing for the acquisition of a major local retailer with more than sixty stores on the Island.
  • Represented the lender in the $115,000,000 interim construction loan and permanent financing for the construction of a marina and related upland office/retail facilities.
  • Represented the lender in the $135,000,000 loan to finance the acquisition of two major resorts in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented the bank syndicate in the $270,000,000 refinancing of three portfolios of office buildings in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented the bank syndicate in the restructuring of a $199,000,000 interim construction loan for the construction of a mixed use residential/retail project in Puerto Rico.
The Firm’s real estate practice includes the full range of issues faced in connection with developing and financing real estate projects in Puerto Rico, including, residential projects, office buildings, commercial shopping centers, hotels, mixed-use facilities, and industrial projects.

The Firm regularly provides real estate advice to many of Puerto Rico’s leading developers and lenders, as well as to the Firm’s other clients. The Firm has been an active partner in the structuring of a number of innovative and complex resort and multi-use projects in Puerto Rico, including the Sheraton Convention Center Hotel and the Bahía Beach Resort and Golf Club Project.

Our real estate attorneys have extensive experience in areas such as construction and permanent financing, conveyancing, land use and entitlement, leasing, loan workouts, options, and public and private mortgage financing.

Our Real Estate Practice Group has received a top Band 1 ranking in the 2011 Latin America Edition of Chambers and Partners.

Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez was founded in 1992 to render top quality, timely, cost-effective and personalized legal services. The Firm’s attorneys pride themselves in taking the time to understand their clients’ business goals and provide practical legal solutions to complex legal issues.

PMA represents a wide cross-section of private corporations, public entities, individuals and foundations engaged in areas such as financial services, telecommunications, insurance, oil and petrochemical products, retail and wholesale trade, construction, education, government and manufacturing. We take pride in assisting our clients meet the challenges of Puerto Rico’s unique legal environment. The Firm also enjoys a close working relationship with many leading US and international law firms.

PMA has the perfect size to provide personalized services to its clients, but is large enough to handle large and complex engagements.

Chambers Global has noted that PMA “has built a superb reputation for its ‘responsiveness’ to clients’ needs and the ‘high level of specialization of its lawyers.’” As noted in the same publication, “this firm has nothing to lose if pitched against New York or global players.” The 2017 Latin America edition of Chambers & Partners cites to several market sources highlighting PMA’s excellent and versatile service and its focus on quality and thoroughness at all levels.

“Donald Hull continues to earn recognition from market commentators for his extensive expertise in real estate financing matters. He centres his practice on the development of hospitality, retail and commercial projects, in addition to assisting clients with real estate acquisitions and construction finance matters. He has over 35 years of experience in the field and acted as lead partner on the work highlight mentioned above.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017